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Inzaghi rescues Lazio

Published: Thursday 2 October 2003
S.S. Lazio 2-2 AC Sparta Praha Simone Inzaghi scores twice to bring Lazio back from two behind.

Match statistics

LazioSparta Praha

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target11
 
5
Attempts off target9
 
7
Corners10
 
0
Offsides6
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
16
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 2 October 2003

Inzaghi rescues Lazio

S.S. Lazio 2-2 AC Sparta Praha Simone Inzaghi scores twice to bring Lazio back from two behind.

By Tom Kington in Rome

With two comeback goals from Simone Inzaghi, S.S. Lazio spared their blushes to record a 2-2 home draw against a lively AC Sparta Praha in their UEFA Champions League Group G fixture, but only after suffering a Czech onslaught that showed the visitors were not prepared to play the role of underdogs.

Two-goal recovery
After Lazio made the early running, Karel Poborský made life misery for his former club by setting up Libor Sionko for Sparta's first and scoring himself before the interval, only for Inzaghi to slot home after the restart and add a second with a penalty.

Energetic start
Lazio made an energetic start to the first half, with Inzaghi proving a handful in the area, Stefano Fiore forcing the game on the left flank and Sinisa Mihajlovic firing in a stream of dangerous corners. Jaap Stam came close with a headed effort from one such inswinger, before Massimo Oddo moved up from the left to join the fray, with a searching diagonal ball into the area that Inzaghi could only head wide.

Neat passing
With Oddo continuing the supply from the right, Bernardo Corradi's knock-down on 13 minutes nearly found Inzaghi, but Sparta were not content to sit back, with Lukáš Zelenka and Sionko starting to put neat midfield passes together to dampen the Lazio onslaught. Their interchanges brought whistles from the home support, although they failed to link with lone front man Marek Kincl.

Sionko opener
With the pace of play slowing after the initial exchanges, Zelenka finally found Kincl in the 21st minute only to see the attacker shoot wide. But Lazio still appeared to have the upper hand, until a previously quiet Poborský popped up in midfield in the 27th minute to create Sparta’s first goal. With Giuseppe Favalli motionless, an unattended Sionko got a shin to Poborský’s high, defence-splitting pass to leave Lazio goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi stranded.

Poborský strike
With the home side in shock, Zelenka and Sionko stepped up the deft passing movements in midfield, feeding a resurgent Poborský, who sidestepped two defenders before shooting wide. With Lazio losing their poise and aggression, a scramble in the home penalty area in the 35th minute led by Radoslav Kovác left Peruzzi sprawled and an open goal tap-in for ex-Lazio star Poborský.

Quick response
After what must have been harsh words from coach Roberto Mancini at half-time, Lazio did not waste time in bringing the game back to life, Inzaghi holding off challenges in the area to bring down a long ball from Stam and beat goalkeeper Blazek from close range.

Hosts ascendant
With the hosts in the ascendancy again, Mihajlovic brought a smart save from Blazek with a stinging long-range shot. The pressure continued and Inzaghi was judged to have been brought down in the area by Petr Johana. He then stepped up to score his second goal of the night from the penalty spot on 61 minutes.

Low shot
As Sparta again sought to find their passing rhythm, Roberto Muzzi - on for a quiet Demetrio Albertini - went close with a header before Poborský tested Peruzzi with a low shot after winning a one-on-one with Stam.

Lazio slow pace
Lazio slowed the pace again, but Fiore tested Blazek again on 67 and 69 minutes before Inzaghi fed Muzzi in the 76th minute, only for his shot on the run blocked by Johana. As the final whistle approached, Inzaghi was brought off to applause after securing his second two-goal haul against the Czech side in the Champions League.

Last updated: 02/10/03 10.29CET

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

1
PeruzziAngelo Peruzzi (GK)
29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
4
AlbertiniDemetrio Albertini
Substitution46
3
LabantVladimír Labant
9
CorradiBernardo Corradi
4
PerglPavel Pergl
10
StankovićDejan Stanković
5
FlachbartJan Flachbart
11
MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
7
ZelenkaLukáš Zelenka
Substitution90+2
14
FioreStefano Fiore
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský (C)
Goal35
19
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli (C)
9
KinclMarek Kincl
Substitution82
21
S. InzaghiSimone Inzaghi
Goal46
Goal61
Substitution82
14
SionkoLibor Sionko
Goal27
Substitution87
22
OddoMassimo Oddo
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč
31
StamJaap Stam
16
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
53
ConceiçãoSérgio Conceição
Substitution61
17
JohanaPetr Johana
Yellow Card8

Substitutes

15
CasazzaFabrizio Casazza (GK)
1
KoubaPetr Kouba (GK)
5
ZauriLuciano Zauri
10
MichalíkRastislav Michalík
Substitution87
6
DaboOusmane Dabo
Substitution82
11
JežekPatrik Ježek
7
Claudio LópezClaudio López
12
KrmašPavel Krmaš
Substitution90+2
18
MuzziRoberto Muzzi
Substitution61
21
JunTomáš Jun
20
LiveraniFabio Liverani
Substitution46
22
HomolaJiří Homola
24
CoutoFernando Couto
27
Igor GlušcevicIgor Glušcevic
Substitution82

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Jirí Kotrba (CZE)

Referee

Claude Colombo (FRA)

Assistant referees

Jean-Philippe Izzo (FRA), Jean-Paul Harribey (FRA)

Fourth official

Jean-Marc Bonnin (FRA)

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